9th February 2010
David Cameron makes hijab joke to gay magazine 50
1:26 PM — Conservative leader David Cameron had to backtrack over a joke he made in an interview with popular gay magazine Attitude. In an hour long interview with the Tory leader, tipped to become Britain’s next Prime Minister, Cameron was questioned about being inclusive of minority groups.
Preview: PinkNews.co.uk founder explores his ‘teenage dotcom millionaire’ past 7
1:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel 4 News Correspondent Benjamin Cohen is to revisit his life as a teenage dotcom millionaire a decade ago in a programme broadcast this afternoon on BBC Radio 4.
8th February 2010
‘Kick it Out’ director defends anti-homophobia film 7
7:19 PM — ‘Kick it Out’, the body responsible for tackling homophobia and racism in football, has responded to the FA’s decision to postpone the showing of a short film aimed at tackling homophobia.
Vodafone urges gay community, ‘Please keep your faith in us’ 29
5:46 PM — Vodafone has admitted that it was a member of staff and not a hacker who caused outrage on Friday by sending out a homophobic rant to its 10,000 followers on Twitter.
New site set to support African HIV/AIDS epidemic
4:35 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity (RED) has launched a new online flower service that will help provide AIDS drugs for people living in Africa. The project, named FLOWE(RED), will sell ethically sources flowers imported from Africa and donate all profits to projects aimed at tackling HIV/AIDS in Africa. Last week saw the launch of its website www.flowered.com
Browne: Being gay in business “was simply unacceptable” 12
3:20 PM — In his first major interview since being ‘outed’ by a Sunday newspaper, former BP CEO Lord Browne has spoken about the difficulties that gay men face in business. In a wide ranging interview with The Sunday Times, the 61 year old spoke openly about his years in the closet and how he has used his experiences to help others.
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.
Tory Councillor defends ‘Queen team’ jibe 48
1:42 PM — Conservative Councillor Keith Parker has refused to back down on comments made at a scrutiny board meeting, despite admitting referring to gay men as the “queen team.”
5th February 2010
Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38
6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.
Gavin and Stacey actor to appear in Boy George biopic 11
5:22 PM — Gay singer Boy George will be the subject of a new BBC biopic, it was announced today. The drama will document his early life up to his 1980s heyday and cast members will include Mat Horne, best known for comedy Gavin and Stacey and the flop movie Lesbian Vampire Killers.
First investment advisory management unit for gay businesses
4:36 PM — Galileo Capital Management has announced the launch of LGBT Capital, the first corporate advisory and investment management unit exclusively for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans market.
FA’s homophobia in football video premiere cancelled 22
1:53 PM — The Football Association has cancelled the premiere of a short video to tackle homophobia in the sport. Today, two of those consulted over the project, Peter Tatchell and John Amaechi, criticised the film. Mr Amaechi described it as an "expletive-laden rant".
Harriet Harman confirms climbdown over gay church employees 28
1:01 PM — Equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday confirmed that the government will not attempt to force through clarifications on who churches must employ.
4th February 2010
Gareth Thomas’ ex-wife has no regrets over marriage 14
6:57 PM — Jemma Thomas, the ex-wife of gay star Gareth Thomas, has said she does not regret their marriage. Mr Thomas came out publicly in December, having revealed his sexual orientation to his wife three years before.
Gay bishop Pat Buckley to have a civil partnership 51
6:43 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has announced he will wed his boyfriend in a civil partnership ceremony next week.
Gay referee Nigel Owens to discuss coming out 7
6:37 PM — Nigel Owens, the Welsh referee who came out in 2007, is to discuss his decision in a television documentary. He will appear in a S4C documentary tomorrow to reveal how he mustered the courage to come out.
Retrial for man accused of killing gay pensioner
4:31 PM — The judge in the case of a Polish labourer accused of the murder of Edward Highwood has ordered a retrial after the jury could not come to a verdict.
Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17
1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.
Iris Robinson claimed £1,644 for a bed 26
12:28 PM — Shamed former MP Iris Robinson claimed £1,644.90 for a bed, a report of MPs' expenses revealed today. Mrs Robinson, a homophobic evangelical Christian, quit politics last month after her affair with a 19-year-old was exposed.
David Cameron refuses to call Polish allies homophobic 87
11:29 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has defended his party's European alliances with the Polish Law and Justice Party but has refused to call them homophobic, saying the Liberal Democrats also have anti-gay allies.